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Mattress used to break fall of toddler from third-story window

A couple moving out of their Burbank apartment saved a 3-year-old boy who tumbled out of a third-story window by throwing a box spring mattress out to break his fall.

Konrad Lightner and his wife, Jennifer, told KABC-TV they were carrying their box spring mattress out Sunday when they saw a toddler throw his leg over the window sill.

The boy was hanging on to what appeared to be a telephone line or a cable line before he fell, according to Burbank Police Lt. John Dilibert.

“We called 911 and Konrad threw the box spring down trying to break his fall and stood there to catch him,” Jennifer Lightner said.

A neighbor in the 400 block of North Pass Avenue rushed to get the boy's parents, who were unaware of what had happened and grateful over the rescue.

The toddler was taken to a hospital for evaluation, but did not suffer any major injuries.

“It was very surreal afterwards,” Jennifer Lightner told the station. “We were just moving the rest of the day and every once in a while we’d look at each other and just be like, ‘That happened. That was real.’”

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